Mar 30, 2014; Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne prior to the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ice Picks Darlington

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The first Saturday Night Special of the season takes place at the track “To Tough To Tame”.

This egg shape oval has produce some of the best racing over the years, and it will continue Saturday night as the drivers will graffiti the wall as their tires give way.

Speaking of tires, Goodyear is using the same tire compound it’s used since 2011 on the left side and right side of the race cars, so hopefully we won’t have tire issues like some had last week.

Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Darlington with a 5.3 for his career. Jimmie Johnson has a 8.8 average finish for his career. These two drivers are under 10.0, which is amazing because it took Matt Kenseth 19 tries to win his first Darlington win last year.

Chevrolet has won three of the last five races and Toyota has won two, but no driver has won two in row since they reconfigured the start finish line the last decade.

This race will have its share of yellow flags, with tire issues on long runs because of the new downforce package. The track turns that most resemble Darlington are at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, judging by the setups the teams are using.

Here are my Ice Picks for Darlington:

 

A List

Kasey Kahne- is driving Chassis No. 5-829, he last raced this chassis for a 8th place finish at Las Vegas

Jimmie Johnson- is driving Chassis No. 48-824, last raced at Las Vegas for a 6th place finish.

Kyle Busch- has been steady and in position to win lately.

 

B List

Greg Biffle- is driving RK-903 is a brand new chassis.

Denny Hamlin- has an average of finish of 2.8 the last five years.

Brian Vickers- is driving Chassis 808 that has never been raced but his 5.5 avg finish gets my nod.

Carl Edwards- is driving chassis RK-87C, last raced to a 8th place finish at Phoenix.

 

C List

Kyle Larson- his been on a top ten roll so lets keep him going.

 

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